The Absolute Must-Sees in Music City
They don’t call it “Music City, USA” for nothing. Delving into Nashville’s musical past and present is a must for any Middle Tennessee visitor, and here are a few things we think ought to be at or near the top of your intinerary.
The most immediate way to find a sense of what music means to Nashville is to stroll down Music Row. The strip, comprised of a handful of streets just to the east of Vanderbilt University, is home to countless recording studios, boutiques, bars and restaurants, parks, and more – including plenty of neon.
Country Music Hall of Fame.
Pay tribute to the legends who put Nashville on the map at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. In addition to housing an impressive collection of memorabilia, video clips, recordings, displays, a museum store, and an on-site café, the museum also regularly hosts a variety of live performances. Check the schedule during your visit to see who’s playing.
Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum.
Of course it’s not just country – the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum honors musicians of all genre. Each year, more artists and instrumentalists join the ranks of legends at the annual induction ceremony – past inductees have included Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Peter Frampton, Amy Grant, and Toto.
Pay a visit to the Man in Black.
While not actually a native son, Johnny Cash fans might argue Music City as the place where the Man in Black made the most of his rich Baritone. Pay tribute to his life and his work at the The Johnny Cash Museum, located right in the Music Row district.
The Grand Ole Opry.
No Nashville experience is complete without a trip to Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry. Not only is the legendary concert venue maintained faithfully to its original state, it’s also still a host to some of the biggest and best concerts in Music City. Make sure to see who’s playing during your visit.